In May, Xiaomi had launched the Mi Band 3 with a price tag of 169 Yuan (~$26) in China. During its launch, the company had also promised that it will be debuting Mi Band 3 NFC version in September. Recently, Xiaomi had released a teaser video to hint the arrival of the NFC version of the device. Today, the company has officially confirmed that it will begin the sales of the Mi Band 3 NFC edition starting from Sept. 19 with a price tag of 199 Yuan (~$29). Through the below poster, the Chinese manufacturer has also confirmed that it has shipped 50 million Mi Band wearable devices across the world.
Compared to the regular version of the Mi Band 3, the upcoming NFC edition carries support for contactless payments through Mi Pay, which is the official mobile payments service from Xiaomi. Apart from supporting contactless payment PoS terminals enabled with NFC, the Mi Band 3 NFC version will support city bus card payments in many as 167 cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, Hefei, Xi’an, and Jilin among others in China.
The Mi Band 3 features a curved OLED screen of 0.78 inches that carries support for 128 x 80 pixels. The device offers a battery life of up to 20 days with normal usage. The NFC version also offers up to 50 meter of water resistance. It is also equipped with a heart rate sensor. Apart from track sleeping, step count, calories burnt and sedentary reminder it can be also used to checking notifications of incoming calls and messages from the paired smartphone. Other features include weather forecast and alarm clock.
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The Mi Band 3 NFC version will be available for buying from Sept. 19 through online Xiaomi Mall and Hi Home outlets in China with a pricing of 199 Yuan (~$29). As of this writing, there is no confirmation on the arrival of Mi Band 3 NFC variant in markets outside of home country.
Within 17 days of Mi Band 3’s launch, Xiaomi had announced that it had sold 1 million units of the fitness tracker. The NFC variant is also expected to receive a tremendous response in the home country.